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Wiley AP English Language and Composition [Digital]

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  • ISBN-10: 1118490185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118490181
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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If you are a high school junior or senior in the Advanced Placement (AP) and will be sitting for the AP English Language & Composition exam, you'll want to maximize your chance for success. You may know your stuff, or think you do, but the real test of your knowledge is the exam itself. Let's face it, not everyone is a good test taker and the AP exams can cut the wheat from the chaff. The two-part exam is comprised of two sections, multiple choice and free response. The first part is a one hour exam that counts as 45% and the second is two hours (Free-Response, three essays, plus a mandatory 15-minute reading period) and counts as 55% of your score. Perhaps you are confident of your ability to ace the essays, but what about that multiple choice? On the other hand, perhaps you're more confident of acing that multiple choice section.

In this book you'll find be able to review the types of questions, both essay and multiple choice, check out some examples, and check out some tips that might help you out as you prepare for the exam. The pages of this text are peppered with tips and examples to work with. In the back of the book is a very thorough index you can work with, something I always appreciate when I want to either browse or look up something specific. Each chapter is prefaced by a list of Key Concepts that will be covered. There is a brief overview of the main theme and then an introduction of what to expect on the exam. One thing that is very important is how your essays are scored. For example they will be looking at things such as how clear your point of view was, the evidence, analysis and writing. You'll get to take a look at how they come up with your score.
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3.0 out of 5 stars B or B+ (that's what he said) May 8, 2013
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The AP English Language and Composition test is meant to certify that the student has some mastery of the English language and is worth a few college credits if you do well. The test itself is composed of a series of (some say) difficult multiple choice questions that must be completed in one hour and a series of essay questions which must be done in two hours. This is not a lot of time so good preparation is very necessary.

My High School junior kid has read a few prep books and told me that this one is not the best but not the worst either, so it's somewhere in the middle.

The information is standard compared to other AP test books, which is not to say it is useless but other books appear to be better at covering and explaining the subject matter. The book comes with practice questions and two full practice tests, but do not get too hung up on the practice tests because it is likely the real thing will be very different :).

The AP test changes year to year so having updated information helps a lot. Wiley's is a pretty good value considering the information contained and the test practice opportunities it offers but my kid is telling me that it wouldn't be his first choice for the AP English test practice.

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2.0 out of 5 stars some chatter plus 2 practice tests April 24, 2013
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This was not what I expected at all. The book won't go over key things you should know. It is not a precis or a speed study thing like those CPA courses with bullet points and test taking training. It's a very woolly presentation of the ideas behind english composition. I was very dismayed.
It's not going to help you make up for having crap teachers. You should have already been ready for this exam, paid for this book and then gotten two practice tests out of it.
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It is definitely hard to write a book that attempts to prepare someone for the AP English language test, probably because it's nearly impossible to cover all the elements of English prose style in a book, and, to include at the same time, pointers on test-taking strategies, the tasks required of the test-taker for the various elements of the test, and advice on such general test-taking skills as time management, taking notes, and reading strategies. In fact, I would say that such a book would be a small part of preparation for AP English. Or think of it this way: how long does it take for anyone to recognize the various elements of English prose style? Even professional writers undergo an "apprenticeship" that may take years.

Given this inherent problem, this is as good a book as could be developed for its purpose. I'll assume that someone that is taking the AP English test is also someone that has had a close 'relationship' with writing for many years, and for this type of student, the book may serve as a review. To master an understanding of everything for 'metonymy' to diction to the various forms of prose rhetoric is beyond the capability of any book.

However, the book does have deficiencies, and since the goal of the book is such an ambitious one, the deficiencies are all the more significant. Here's a few: the prose style of the author is often awkward and some explanations aren't even accurate: "Syntax, the way words are put together grammatically." Huh? What does that mean? Or consider the section on the author's attitude: "what the author believes or feels." I think that explanation would confuse most people. I'd have used the term "value position." It's much easier to grasp and more specific than the author's term.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Exam Review Manual
As someone who has taught and scored the AP English Language exam, rest assured that this is a well-written, well-organized exam prep manual. Read more
Published on May 17, 2013 by Krisilou
4.0 out of 5 stars A good review
My son used this book as the only source for his AP test this year. He found that the answer explanations were good, the test taking strategies were useful, and that there was tons... Read more
Published on May 13, 2013 by Ammy_Evaluator
5.0 out of 5 stars If nothing else, this book will give you confidence
Of course, you will need to heed the guidance here, especially the admonition to begin studying for the test a year before you take it. Read more
Published on May 4, 2013 by Neal Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Great primer and study guide.
I thought this would be a good guide to brush up on some of those old English lessons that have long been forgotten. Read more
Published on April 28, 2013 by Mike Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars solid overview, plenty of practice questions
I was an English major in college, and I did take AP English in high school, but I don't remember studying anything for the AP English exam at that time. Read more
Published on April 25, 2013 by LibraryGirl2014
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study guide for AP English language & comp. Also great...
If you are taking AP English language and compostion, then this is a great addition to your study plan. Read more
Published on April 23, 2013 by Enchanted In Dixie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for students and teachers
I teach High School English, not AP classes currently, but in the past, but I got this book as a resource for my classroom. Read more
Published on April 23, 2013 by M. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough Prep; Not a "Cram" Book!
With over a dozen similar paperback AP Language test prep guides on the market, what separates this one from the others? In a word: thoroughness. Read more
Published on April 21, 2013 by Fillmoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide for AP exam
Wiley AP English Language and Composition by Geraldine Woods is a comprehensive guide to prepare students for their AP exam. Read more
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I ordered this book because I have a close family member ( a high school Jr.) taking the AP Language Exam next month on May 12. Read more
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